Fajita Chicken Casserole

Revisiting family favourites

I’ve been revisiting recipes that have been some of my old school recipes and family favourites that were our staples when we got started as clean eaters. I first posted this recipe in 2018; at that time, the kids were fussy, vegetables had to be hidden and disguised, and there was no potential for intense flavours or spice. 

Times (thankfully) have changed, the kids have grown (like man-sized grown), and they now enjoy a wide range of foods. Things like vegetables are enjoyed, spice and chilli are consumed without complaint, and new ingredients are tried without tantrums.

As the kids have grown, my recipes have changes organically to meet their palates and preferences, I’ve updated this recipe because of that, but fear not, all I have done is make it a little bit better.

Can you improve fajitas?

Maybe you can, by turning them in to a casserole. So, full disclosure, I first made this recipe because of a brain fart. One Friday night shop didn’t go to plan, so I had all of the ingredients for fajitas, except for tortillas. What is life without a little challenge? Not wanting to make another trip out to the supermarket, I decided to do something different with my fajita ingredients. Some melted cheese and bite-sized chicken chunks combined with the fajita vegetables make perfect comfort food.

Fajita chicken casserole recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 205g cheese, grated 
  • 2 tbsp. fajita seasoning

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F. 

Place the chicken in the casserole dish and cover the dish with foil.

Bake the chicken for 30 minutes or into the chicken, is cooked through.

When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and set it to one side to cool.

Drain any liquid from the casserole dish.

In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the pepper and onion until they are golden and soft.

When the chicken is cooled enough to touch, chop it into bite-sized chunks.

In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and half of the cheese with the fajita seasoning.

Add the chicken, onion and pepper to the cheese mix, give everything a good stir to coat all of the chicken with the cheese mixture.

Put the mix back into the casserole and sprinkle it with the remaining cheese.

Bake the casserole for 30 minutes until the casserole is hot and the cheese is bubbling.

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Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 10 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 205g cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp. fajita seasoning

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the chicken in the casserole dish and cover the dish with foil.
  3. Bake, the chicken for 30 minutes or into the chicken, is cooked through.
  4. When the chicken is cooked remove it from the oven and set it to one side to cool.
  5. Drain any liquid from the casserole dish.
  6. In a frying pan over a medium heat cook the pepper and onion until they are golden and soft.
  7. When the chicken is cooled enough to touch chop it into bite-sized chunks.
  8. In a bowl mix the cream cheese and half of the cheese with the fajita seasoning.
  9. Add the chicken, onion and pepper to the cheese mix, give everything a good stir to coat all of the chicken with the cheese mixture.
  10. Put the mix back into the casserole and sprinkle it with the remaining cheese.
  11. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes until the casserole is hot and the cheese is bubbling.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 486 calories; 26 g fat; 3 g carbohydrates; 34g protein

Equipment

  • Scales
  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Fork 
  • Chopping board
  • Casserole dish
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tongs
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula 

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.

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